Thursday, 14 May 2020

Lunch: Lemon Balm Drizzle Cake and Indian Inspired Potato and Chickpea Salad

Some of my colleagues and people I am meeting through Zoom are saying that they are losing track of days, but I am like - Is it Friday yet ? 

I have been busy at home during a crisis trying to work.  In fact, I think I am sure I am working harder from home more than i ever did in the office, unless it feels that way from staring at the computer screen for hours on end. But on balance, working from home means my lunch has never been so good.  

There always seems to be cake of my own making of course! 
I  teased some of you with a glimpse of this Lemon Balm  Drizzle Cake in my In My Kitchen blog post, but here it is in all its golden gorgeousness. 

Lemon Balm also known as Melissa Balm is a lemon scented perennial herb.  I often infuse the  lemon balm leaves (like mint) in hot water and drink like a herbal tea.  It can also be used in a number of recipes  like ice-cream and custard, but here I added it to cake. 
The 'Lemon Balm - Lemon Drizzle Cake' was splendid, with flecks of green lemon balm running through it, I even topped the outside with lemon balm leaves for adornment. Only comment, perhaps it could have been a bit more lemony, but I know whay that was - I did not have enough lemons, so made do with what I had.

Also a change from sandwiches and pasta salads, I made a Indian inspired Chickpea Salad Potato Salad smothered in mild spices and mango chutney.  I don't think my mother would approve, but I know my nephews and nieces would.  It was still warm when we ate it and I liked that as often my salads at work are cold or just room temperature. 
This lockdown potato salad recipe comes from The Guardian to which we subcribed to about a month ago. To be honest we should have subscribed to it a while back as it perhaps the only online newspaper that I consistently read for news, not just recipes. 
And the 'Lemon Balm Drizzle Cake' comes from Mary Berry which you can find online.  I substituted lemon balm for Lemon Verbena Drizzle Cake.  
I am sharing  this Indian Inspired Potato and Chickpea Salad with Kahakai Kitchen, for Souper Sundays,  a space where bloggers can come share together to share homemade comfort foods like soup, salads sandwiches.


  1. Hi Shaheen,
    ...I hope you and your family are all doing well...both of these recipes look amazing...
    ~Have a lovely day!

    1. Thank you Teresa. I hope you are well too.

  2. That potato and chickpea salad looks so good, would love to eat it right now.

  3. I am not sure I am eating so much better at lunchtimes but I am enjoying finding it easier to heat leftovers for lunch than having to take them along to work and worry about spilling and reheating. Your lemon cake and potato salad sound very fancy versions of old favourites!

    1. Your right these are fancy versions of old faves.

  4. This potato and chickpea salad looks so savoury!
    Why does your mom would not approve?
    And the cake looks perfect too!

    Working with Zoom too ... (teaching ;-( )
    It changes everytning!

    Have a nice week end!

    1. Thanks Ephee. I actually think my mother would approve as she is quite adventurous in her food., its my sister in law who perhaps would not . Yeah zoom - are you getting zoom fatigue - it has it + and -

  5. The salad looks delicious. Thank you for sharing with Souper Sundays this week. (The cake looks amazing too!)

  6. Definitely losing track of days but always looking toward the weekend. And, one must bake!

  7. Hello Shaheen, these both look wonderful, especially the salad! I'm glad to know you are keeping well. I use Lemon Balm tea which helps me sleep. Happy weekend.


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